Author: Kenny Stancil

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Majority of Americans want government to rein in Wall Street’s climate destruction through fossil fuel funding

A new poll released Monday shows that large majorities of voters in the United States want the federal government to bolster its regulation of big banks, insurers, and other financial institutions to prevent climate-driven economic crises. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams As Common Dreams has reported in the past month, recent studies have shown that Wall Street is a […]

April 13th

Growth of solar, wind, and other renewable energy smashed records in 2020

Despite the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, according to data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021 shows that global renewable energy capacity grew by more than 260 gigawatts (GW) last […]

April 9th

Electrifying US buildings by 2050 would be like taking 65 million cars off the road

Replacing fossil fuel-based heating and cooking systems with electric technologies in the majority of U.S. residential and commercial buildings over the next three decades would lead to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—equivalent to removing 65 million cars from the road, according to a new study out Tuesday. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Assembled […]

April 7th

Big oil’s embrace of carbon pricing called PR ploy to avoid real, effective climate action

The American Petroleum Institute on Thursday expressed support for carbon pricing—a move that some heralded as a “major shift” for the country’s most powerful dirty energy lobbying group that has long opposed regulatory efforts to curb planet-heating greenhouse gas emissions. Progressive critics, however, characterized the decision as a form of “self-serving greenwashing” designed to forestall the […]

March 27th

How to fund Biden’s big green infrastructure plan? End fossil fuel subsidies.

To help fund President Joe Biden’s forthcoming $3 trillion infrastructure proposal, the White House is reportedly considering ending federal subsidies for fossil fuel companies and increasing taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams That’s according to two Biden administration officials who spoke to the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity due to the not-yet-public nature […]

March 24th

‘Safe Water Is a Right, Not a Privilege’: On World Water Day, UN decries unequal access

The United Nations marked this year’s World Water Day Monday by warning of worsening inequalities in access to clean water across the globe and calling for recognition of the “true value” of the vital resource in order to sustainably manage it. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams “Chronic under-investment in water and sanitation disadvantages and harms vast numbers of people,” […]

March 22nd

Democrats unveil BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act

Four congressional Democrats on Friday unveiled the BUILD GREEN Infrastructure and Jobs Act, a bill that would invest $500 billion over 10 years in state, local, and tribal projects to galvanize the transition to all electric public transportation—reducing climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions and health-threatening air pollution while expanding clean mass transit and creating up to […]

March 22nd

Jane Fonda arrives in Minnesota to back Line 3 pipeline opponents

A “freshly vaccinated” Jane Fonda arrived in Minnesota on Sunday to join the ongoing protests against Canadian oil giant Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, a multibillion-dollar tar sands project that scientists and activists have called an “urgent threat” to local waters and the global climate. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams In a Facebook post announcing her arrival in Northern Minnesota, the […]

March 17th

Green groups file first-of-its-kind FTC complaint against Chevron for climate lies

Three environmental justice and corporate accountability groups filed a “first-of-its-kind” complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday accusing oil giant Chevron of deceiving the public by overstating its investment in renewable energy sources and commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to extract fossil fuels that put vulnerable communities in harm’s way. EXPOSED: […]

March 17th

Congress investigating biggest scam ever: “Clean coal” that actually increased pollution

Following the emergence of evidence that power plants using a chemically treated coal—purportedly designed to reduce smog—generated more smokestack pollution not less, the Government Accountability Office has reportedly launched a congressional probe of the “refined coal” tax credit program that yields at least $1 billion per year for U.S. corporations. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams With the […]

March 16th

Cancel all coal projects to have fighting chance against climate crisis, says UN chief

Emphasizing that the world still has a “fighting chance” to limit global warming with immediate and ambitious climate action, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday urged governments and the private sector to cancel all planned coal projects, cease financing for coal-fired power plants, and opt instead to support a just transition by investing in renewable […]

March 13th

‘Good Jobs for All’: Sunrise Movement launches campaign to fight climate crisis with work guarantee

Amid the ongoing climate emergency and the devastating coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in more than 500,000 deaths in the U.S. alone as well as an economic meltdown that has left millions of people unemployed, the Sunrise Movement on Thursday launched its “Good Jobs for All” campaign to demand that lawmakers pursue a robust recovery […]

March 8th

First Nations protester gets 90 days in jail after ceremony along Trans Mountain pipeline route

“A disgrace.” That’s how Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein reacted Tuesday to the news that Stacy Gallagher, an Indigenous land defender, had been sentenced to 90 days in jail after being arrested in 2019 for performing a ceremony along the Trans Mountain pipeline route in British Columbia. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams First reported by VICE, which was informed of […]

March 7th